Herbert A. Shepard

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Herbert A. Shepard was a pioneering thinker in the Organization Development movement, an engaging teacher and mentor of exceptional depth, scope and humility with a gift for recognizing and nurturing the potential of others. His unselfishness, utter sincerity, compassion and unwavering commitment touched lives, forged lasting friendships and helped shape the careers of a generation of leaders and social scientists. He held faculty posts at several universities including M.I.T., where he received his doctorate in Industrial Economics. He founded and directed the first doctoral program in Organization Development at Case Western; developed a residency in administrative psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and was also President of The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Herb conducted the first large-scale experiments in Organization Development, while at Esso in the late fifties, and served as principal consultant to TRW Systems in its pioneering work in the application of behavioral science to organizations and teams. He has published widely in this field123 and was chairman of the Douglas Memorial Award Committee of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. His research and pragmatic work made a significant contribution to our understanding of human behavior and social systems from dyads (doctor-patient or consultantclient) to organizations (synergy, alternative dispute resolution, structure, building consensus and caring about the powerless). It opened the way for further developments in the psychology of teams, leadership and interpersonal compatibility; cognitive behavior therapy, social cognitive theory (educational psychology); choice theory; principled negotiation, positive psychology and organization development. In management consulting, Herb's clients included Bell-Northern Research, Syncrude, Esso, TRW, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Union Carbide, USAID and most of the departments of the federal governments of the U.S.A. and Canada. Herb advised clients of The Professional Development Institute and led executive seminars and workshops including “Managing in Turbulent Environment”, since 1975. He accepted the honorary title of President Emeritus for the Professional Development Institute which he held from 1977 till his death August 2, 1985.[1]

Herbert Shepard made a significant contribution to Organization Development[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] He held faculty posts at several universities including M.I.T., where he received his doctorate in Industrial Economics. He founded and directed the first doctoral program in Organization Development at Case Western Reserve; developed a residency in administrative psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and was also President of The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and The Professional Development Institute.

Herb conducted the first large-scale experiments in Organization Development, while at Esso in the late fifties, and served as principal consultant to TRW Systems in the applications of behavioral science to organizations and teams. He has published widely[10][11][12] and was chairman of the Douglas Memorial Award Committee of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. His research advanced our understanding of human behavior and social systems[13][14] from dyads (doctor-patient or consultant-client) to organizations (synergy, alternative dispute resolution, structure, building consensus and caring about the powerless). It opened the way for further developments in the psychology of teams, leadership and interpersonal compatibility; cognitive behavior therapy, social cognitive theory (educational psychology); choice theory;[15] principled negotiation, positive psychology and organization development.

In management consulting, Herb's clients included Bell-Northern Research, Syncrude, Esso, TRW, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Union Carbide, USAID and most of the departments of the federal governments of the U.S.A. and Canada.

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  1. ^ Herbert Shepard Foundation. About the Author Herbert Allen Shepard, Essence of a Proactive Life shepard.pdf
  2. ^ Blau, Peter M.; W. Richard Scott (2003). Formal Organizations: A Comparative Approach. Stanford, CA: Stanford Business Books. ISBN 0-8047-4890-X. 
  3. ^ Janning, Frank; Katrin Toens (2007). Die Zukunft der Policy-Forschung. Stanford, CA: VS Verlag fnr Sozialw. ISBN 3-531-15725-6. 
  4. ^ McGregor, Massimo (2008). Knowledge as Social Order. Germany: Ashgate. ISBN 0-7546-4863-X. 
  5. ^ Brazzel, Michael; Brenda B. Jones (2005). The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-146222-8. 
  6. ^ Mazzotti, Douglas (2006). The Human Side of Enterprise. Pfeiffer. ISBN 0-7879-7773-X. 
  7. ^ Martin, Alain Paul (1994). Bringing Time To Life: 120 Practical Tips For Managing Your Time And Enjoying Life. PDI Press. ISBN 0-86502-023-X. 
  8. ^ Ritti, Richard (February 1, 1968). "Work Goals of Scientists and Engineers". Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society (Blackwell Publishing Ltd) 7 (2): 118–31. doi:10.1111/j.1468-232X.1968.tb01068.x. ISSN 1468-232X. Retrieved May 13, 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ Schein, Edgar H. (2006). Joan V. Gallos, ed. Organization Development: A Jossey-Bass Reader. New York, NY: Wiley. ISBN 0-7879-8426-4. 
  10. ^ Shepard, Herbert A. (August 1985). "Essence of a Proactive Life: Two Essays in Life and career Planning" (PDF). Update (The Professional Development Institute): 25. Retrieved January 2009. 
  11. ^ Shepard, Herbert A. (1965). James March, ed. "Changing Interpersonal and Intergroup Relations in Organizations" Handbook of Organizations. Chicago. IL: Rand McNally,. 
  12. ^ A selected list of Herbert Shepard's publications can be found at Herbert Shepard: Publications and Citations
  13. ^ Adams, John D. (1999). Thinking Today as if Tomorrow Mattered: The Rise of a Sustainable Consciousness. Eartheart Enterprises. ISBN 0-9672859-0-9. 
  14. ^ Beckhard, Richard F.; W. Warner Burke; Louis Carter; Jay Alden Conger; Edward E. Lawler III; John Sullivan (2001). Best Practices in Organization Development and Change: Culture, Leadership, Retention, Performance, Coaching. Pfeiffer. ISBN 0-7879-5666-X. 
  15. ^ Bailyn, Lotte; Joyce K. Fletcher; Bettye H. Pruitt; Rhona Rapoport (2001). Beyond Work-Family Balance: Advancing Gender Equity and Workplace Performance. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 0-7879-5730-5.